Surfing at the Bitches Tidal Race

 

A 5am start to make it out to the surf on the tidal race at the Bitches in South Wales.
This play spot is one of my favourite locations and gifts us some of the best standing waves that are a kyakers dream.
To get to the wave, we need to paddle from the put in to the top of the bay and ferry glide from the coastline accross to Ramsey Island where the waves form as tide rushes in over the rocks bewteen. The wave begins to work around 3 hours before high tide which can involve an early paddle out before the dawm breaks so be sure to bring a head tourch for the journey.

The Peel Out - Canoe Slalom Technique



The Peel Out technique used in Canoe Slalom where we treat a downstream gate as an upstream around the far pole when there is flow going through the downstream gate making it hard to turn back upsteam and get enough movement accross to reach the next gate. By Peeling Out we can generate momentum before breaking out back into the flow in the best place to navigate the next gate sequence.

The Merano - Canoe Slalom Technique



The Merano is a technique used where an upstream gate has flow going through it or the eddy is not strong enough to break out behind on the nearside of the gate and we breakout above the gate where the eddy is stronger and do the turn on the far side of the gate instead to keep hold of the gate line. As we enter the eddy we ensure we continue our downstream momentum such that we carry enough speed to arrive downstream of the gate and spin the bows upstream and while trying to hold our hight in the gate line to keep the boat running through the gate.